keeping the world safe from beatniks, juvenile delinquents, and riff raff by reiterating the work ethic of 72(!!) hours a week..
January 1, 2007 Subject:
Film makes sense
The basic information in this 1950 film made for teenagers is excellent. Even today, with too much time-a lot of youngsters get depressed or bored. It could lead to doing harmful things to themself or others. Many children and teenagers need some adult guidance to help them find interesting activities to fill in their leisure time.
November 20, 2005 Subject:
Shades of Rod Serling color this bazaar tale. Film outlines the intrusions a young man suffers with in his own bedroom. He barely gets home from school and he faces intense badgering and criticism from the moment he enters his own bedroom. It seems the room is hardly private at all. One wall has a strange hole in it. His parents use this hole to observe him as though he were an animal in a cage. Other influences on the boy include a strange man who is also intrudung. One moment the aggressive father is barking and growling, insisting the boy work 12 hours a day. Then the strange man suggests the boy do the complete opposite and pursue unproductive activities. Film ends with the boy giving in to their confusing demands. Givin the boy's radical mood change, it also appears that anti-depressant medication had been administered. Perhaps the strange man is a demented doctor? Was he hired by the parents to drug the young boy and administer intense psychological trauma as seen much later in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange? The boy is now as fine a lad as you would meet on a May morning!
Reviewer:Christine Hennig -
October 2, 2003 Subject:
Like Watching Film Ephemera
In this campy Coronet film, Ken spends all his leisure time in his room moping about his friends all being busy, until he develops a hobbyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂvisual and auditory hallucinations! The voice in his head tells him he's wasting his time, though, and his visual hallucinations all involve his parents 50 or 100 years ago working their butts off and expecting Ken to do so as well. Ken finally decides to trade his psychosis in for a more conventional hobby like photography (though photography of what he doesn't tell us). This film's ludicrous set-up makes it loads of fun and a good subject for msting. It also can be part of the wholesome hobby of film ephemera collecting.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
January 17, 2003 Subject:
Gee, why am I watching this?
Now I feel guilty after watching Ken getting lectured by, since this is a Coronet film, imaginary voices chastising him when he's relaxing and lying on the bed eating an apple. He should be up DOING things, GETTING things done! Stop relaxing! A real head scratcher of a film. Gee, I guess I should be doing something else now. See ya.
GUIDES IN DEVELOPING CONSTRUCTIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT LEISURE TIME. SHOWS HOW TIME CAN BE USED EFFECTIVELY THROUGH A SELF-PLANNED PROGRAM OF LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES.
Ken Smith sez: "Ken" has nothing to do, but the helpful interactive narrator soon puts a stop to that. Sensible leisure activities (bird watching and reading, for example) help Ken "prepare himself for better living" and "use his time well." This film is more imaginative than most when it comes to visual gimmickry. Ken later starred as Chuck-of-the-future in Good Table Manners.
TIME SOCIAL GUIDANCE EDUCATION BEHAVIOR LEISURE RECREATION PLANNING ACTIVITIES STUDENTS BOYS GIRLS TEENAGERS ADOLESCENTS ATTITUDES